There have been a lot of great albums released this year and so many more I am looking forward to hearing! I also got to check out some great bands during SXSW two weeks ago that I hadn't heard of previously.
CHVRCHES is a band I have known about for some time, they released "The Mother We Share" last year, which you used to be able to listen to on Spotify but no longer can. Their Recover EP is now available on Spotify and iTunes. I love their song "Recover," it's one that will be stuck in your head all day, but in a good way! I was able to catch their show at The Hype Hotel during SXSW, it was a pretty good show, there's definitely room for growth for this new indie band!
Sir Sly is a band I first heard during their SXSW set at Sonos Studio. You can listen to three of their songs on Spotify right now, I hope they release more soon! They played a great show and I was happy to be front and center for it! They're playing at Mohawk in Austin on 4/27, I would definitely go if you're in the area!
Something I'm looking forward to is Cayucas' first album "Bigfoot" that will be available next month. Their single "Cayucos" will definitely be on a summer playlist because of its "beachy" sound. Sadly I missed them at SXSW but hopefully I will get to see them live soon!
I was very impressed with the new Shout Out Louds album, "Optica." I can listen through the album in its entirety and it never gets old. My favorite tracks are: "Blue Ice," "Illusions," and "14th of July." And if you're just now hearing about this band, definitely go back 8 years and listen to "Please Please Please" and "Very Loud," the songs that made me love this band.
I can't write about new albums in 2013 and NOT mention Tegan & Sara! They were amazing at ACL 2012!! Cheers to Girl Power music haha if that's what you call it. Heartthrob sounds like their previous albums which some may think is a negative thing but I love their oldies so I therefore love this new album! If you like girl bands, dance music, and shamelessly singing along, go listen to Heartthrob!! My favorites: "Goodbye, Goodbye," "Closer," "I'm Not Your Hero," "Drove Me Wild," "Love They Say"
In the words of GOB Bluth, "I've made a huge mistake." I don't know how I could possibly write in here EVERY new album I like thus far for 2013. So here is an abbreviated version of other albums/singles/artists to check out if you have the time.
Ra Ra Riot's new album "Beta Love" is great! They were fun at Fader Fort during SXSW as well. Check out "Dance With Me," "Beta Love," and "When I Dream"
Atlas Genius' 1st album "When It Was Now" is great — "If So" "Trojans" & "Symptoms" are my favorites
Local Natives' new album "Hummingbird" — check out "Heavy Feet" "Breakers" & "Wooly Mammoth"
Junip (Jose Gonzalez's band) has a great new single "Line of Fire"
Palma Violets is a new band to the scene, I'm loving their song "Best of Friends" right now
Autre Ne Veut has great Pitchfork ratings for their new album "Anxiety." My favorite and one you HAVE to listen to is "Play by Play," it will also be in your head all day!
Listen to the entire STRFKR album "Miracle Mile." It will definitely get you pumped. This band was AMAZING at Fun Fun Fun Fest last year.
The Strokes new album just came out!!! I was so excited for this one. Listen to "Comedown Machine" on Spotify!
Obviously I can't wait for The Postal Service 10th Anniversary Edition of "Give Up"! That album just takes me back to a summer on the lake in high school. Oh the good old days ;)
VIDEO: The Postal Service "A Tattered Line of String"
VIDEO" Ra Ra Riot "Beta Love"
VIDEO: CHVRCHES "Recover"